So, here it is, more than 20 years in the making.
October 21st, 2006. Nunis - Bowen-Howell.
On Saturday Afternoon, in Millington, Tennessee, Mr. thewo0kieand Mrs. panda_dancer were united in marraige at the Recreational Center Building in Shelby Forest State Park. Rev. Bill Neely of Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church officiated.
The Bride wore a full length, open front, mandarin collar choga in buttercream and gold tapestry lined with gilded violet silk dupioni, over a scoop-neckline, ankle-length sheath dress in matching buttercream and gold tapestry. The outfit, which was cut from vintage saris, was accented by an underbust cincher corset from Timeless Trends Corsetry of Austin constructed of alternating panels of gilded violet silk dupioni and intricate-patterened golden thai batik. Completing the ornamentation were carved mother-of-pearl buttons edged in gold, and a small spray of gold and pearl edged shisha mirrors; and upon the lapel, an antique amethyst and pearl gold broach belonging to the bride's maternal great grandmother. The bride carried a bouquet of cream petit-roses, purple snapdragons and aubergine carnations.
The Groom was outfitted in an aubergine formal sherwani and matching brimless cap, with maroon and ivory dupatta and traditional tapered churridurs in ivory. The suit, cutom tailored by Dilip Sethi of Mumbai featured gold and copper beaded embroidery over the shoulders, epaulets, chest, and classic nehru collar.
The three-tier cake was designed and created by Duchess Ilissa Bakery, and it featured shisha mirrors and faux-fondant sculpted top, all in buttercreme gold and aubergine, with antiqued cast-resin chess king and queen as toppers, both dressed in the bride and groom's colors. Additional catering was provided by the Caspian Persian Cuisine of Memphis, and Duke Kane and Squires, inc. grilling.
The Bride and Groom entered simultaneously to an original composition for bazuki, written and performed by the legendary Klaus Weiland . The Rev. Neely gave readings from Aristotle and contemporary writer Spider Robinson, and led the couple in their exchange of vows. Celtic knotwork bands woven of gold and silver were exchanged, and the reception, attended by over 50 friends and family, immediately followed, with music also provided by Mr. Weiland.
The couple will be taking a culinarily-intensive tour of noted mid-south locations, culminating with a weekend stay with their household at the Three Rivers War, a Samhain event outside of Corinth, Mississippi. They will then return to Memphis to take up residence in Colonial Acres Subdivsion, where they plan to raise and exhibit hopes.